Government establishes national contract for child placements

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has launched a national contract for the placement of children with independent fostering agencies.

It aims to ensure a “consistent framework” for all providers based on the Every Child Matters agenda and will be used by local authority commissioners and all foster care providers.

Similar national contracts already exist for placements in day and residential non-maintained and independent special schools and residential children’s homes, but concerns have been raised over enforcement.

Earlier this year, independent children’s homes leaders claimed that councils were failing to adopt the contract for residential children’s homes and called for it to be made compulsory.

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National contract for placement of children in foster care

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